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MMC boys split four rugged games

Friday, January 27, 2012

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Dylan Spieler has been on a solid scoring streak for the Eagles, who played four games in five days, winning two and losing two to rated opponents. Photo by Paul Struck
The busy Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn boys, playing four games in five nights, including three road games, notched a 2-2 record in that stretch.

The Eagles beat Remsen St. Mary's in Marcus 54-34 Friday night, beat Ruthven-Ayrshire/Graettinger-Terril 53-38 there Saturday night, lost 61-35 at Remsen-Union Monday night, and lost 67-53 to # 2 undefeated Storm Lake St. Mary's in Storm Lake Tuesday night.

In the win over Remsen St. Mary's, the Eagles were led by Dylan Spieler's 17 points, and Nate Rassel's nine points. Andrew Hoefling led MMC in rebounds with nine, and Tyler Prunty gleaned eight. Tyler Delperdang paced the Hawks with 17 points and eight boards.

MMC sank 19-49 field goals for 39 percent, and cashed in 10-16 free throws. RSM made 10-44 shots for 23 percent, and was 11-17 from the foul line.

"We couldn't get our shots to fall in the first half," said MMC coach Pat Bird, "but then we opened the second half with a 10-0 run to make up for it. We were able to control the boards and that carried us through any scoring lulls."

In the impressive win at Ruthven, Spieler tallied 27 points, and Zach Specht scored 12 for MMC. Prunty had eight boards, and Spieler seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Specht also had eight steals and four assists. Mitch Girres led R-A/G-T with 15 points.

"I thought we played solid defense in the second and third quarters and that allowed us to pull away," noted coach Bird. Zach Specht was all over the court harassing their ball-handlers."

In the decisive loss at Remsen-Union, Specht led the Eagles with 11 points, and Hoefling led in rebounds with eight. Specht also had five steals. Brian West led R-U with 23 points, and Alex Hanson scored 18, alongg with 16 rebounds for a double-double.

"We couldn't get any shots to fall early and it just snowballed from there," said Bird. "Hanson was a force inside for them and when he kicked it out, West nailed the three-point shot. He was 5-5 from behind the arc in the first half."

Spieler tallied 21 points in the well-played game against Storm Lake St. Mary's, while Dalton Brady added 10. Prunty led in rebounds with seven against the tall Panthers. Balanced scoring led St. Mary's, with Luke Lenhart with 15, followed by Bobby Ivey 14, Kennedy Drey 13, and Andy Drey 11 for the defending Class 1A State Champions who this year sport a snazzy 18-0 record at this point.

MMC made 22-48 shots for 46 percent, and the Panthers drained 27-58 for 47 percent. MMC was 0-1 from the foul line, and St. Mary's 5-10.

"I was proud of the way our boys battled the defending State Champs," said Bird. "This was our fourth game in five nights and our guys gave a real gutty performance. Storm Lake has so many weapons and so much balance that they are tough to defend. It's easy to see why they are undefeated."

The 10-7 MMC boys travel to Hinton tonight.

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